March 25, 2008
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A very docile game turned into a wild one in the seventh inning on Tuesday, with the `Jacks pulling out a 12-11 win over Louisiana-Monroe to snap a three-game losing streak at Jaycees Field.
Both teams were cruising along, tied 3-3 until the seventh inning came along. The Warhawks plated eight runs in the inning - one only one hit - to take an 11-3 lead before the `Jacks rallied with nine runs of their own in the bottom half to take the lead.
The teams combined to use eight different pitchers in the inning, giving up eight walks and hitting five batters. There were only six total hits combined, despite the teams combining for 17 total runs. Overall, 26 hitters came to the plate in the inning.
After Erik Gregersen and Alex Moshier had SFA (10-11, 1-5) tied up through six innings, Donnie Watson decided to bring in Bruce Mayberry to keep SFA in the game. That did not go so well as Mayberry plunked Ben Soignier to lead off then promptly walked Kevin Suire before being lifted for Travis Harrelson - the second of five SFA pitcher in the inning. Harrelson, along with Vince Wade and Jared West, eventually allowed all eight runs to cross before Angel Hernandez entered and struck out the only batter he faced to end the landslide.
After all of that it looked like the `Jacks would run out of time before being able to climb back in the game, but a hit by pitch and walk of their own off of new Warhawks' pitcher Jordy Poche was enough to get SFA going. After Justin Roland walked to load the bases, Kevin Crabtree delivered a two-RBI double to left field that scored a pair and two batters later Matt Whatley drove Jeff Brewer home with a sacrifice fly to make it 11-6.
Kevin Croft then singled to left field to score Noel Trevino before Sean Meyers delivered a pinch hit, two-run double in his only plate appearance knot things at 11 apiece. Two batters later it was Brewer that ripped a shot down the left-field line that scored Zach Gardner to give the `Jacks the lead at 12-11.
Richard Folmer pitched the final two innings to pick up his third save in shutout fashion, and Hernandez's effort in the seventh was enough for him to pick up his first win of his career.
The `Jacks and Warhawks conclude the series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. from Jaycees Field.